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The Not-So-Terrible Twos

“Oh, boy! You’re brave,” a well-meaning lady said to me as we walked through the doors of a store, giving my toddler a smile. I knew what she was referring to, as many people have given me the same all-knowing look as my 2-year-old  and I are out and about: The Terrible Twos. Sure, we […]

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Lessons From My Late Walkers

Lessons From My Late Walkers

Baby milestones are a unique thing. As moms, we are constantly waiting for our child(ren) to do the next cool thing, but then at the same time we want them to never grow up. We can’t wait for them to start communicating with us, but then they never are quiet when they do start talking. […]

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Trial and Error with a Todder: 12- 18 Months

When Your Baby Becomes a Toddler…

I will never forget the headline of my weekly status email from BabyCenter on June 23rd that read, “Congratulations! Your baby is now a toddler.” WHAT? How can that be? He went to bed as an eleven month old, and now he’s a toddler? No, that can’t be. He just turned one. If we were […]

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If You Put a Toddler to Bed...

If You Put a Toddler to Bed…

Inspired by “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff: If you put a toddler to bed….they’re going to ask you for a good night kiss. When you give them a kiss, they’ll probably ask you to read them a book. When you’re finished reading, they’ll ask for “just one more”. Then, […]

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6 Easy Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

April generally brings warmer temperatures, fresh flowers and the opportunity to get outside after the long winter months. Parents welcome all of these things with open arms after being cooped up inside with stir crazy kids. Unfortunately, April also brings rainy days, which often means being stuck inside again. We can only handle one more coloring […]

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11 Ways to Prepare Toddler for a New Baby

11 Ways to Prepare Toddlers for a New Baby

You’ve announced to the world that your adorable tot will will soon be a big brother or sister. Maybe you’ve even cut into a cake or opened the box of blue or pink balloons. Your little one is starting to get curious about your growing belly…now what? Just before my twins turned two, we were […]

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Mom’s Guide to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library

Whether it’s you who needs to get out of the house or your kids who are itching to explore the world, we’ve all been there. Sometimes you’re organized and on time (ha!) and are able to utilize the programs in our community that have set time frames. Other times, though, it’s refreshing to have resources that […]

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Toddler Literacy Activities (1)

Toddler Literacy Activities

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” National Commission on Reading, 1985  Wow! That fact got me thinking about my own childhood and activities I am doing with my daughter. Since I was a little girl, I […]

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